Using Stand Up Desks in Classrooms

Sitting down too much can cause some health problems. It can cause back problems and a strained neck, and it also puts the body in a stagnant position for long periods. Doctors and health gurus have advised to keep the body in motion and stay active for a better lifestyle. Aside from health reasons (physical and mental), there is also another factor to consider before pulling out a chair—the process of learning.

Students, in most of their school days, are glued to their seats. This can be greatly uncomfortable at times. The only time they are required to stand and move is for PE class, during lunch breaks, or when it’s time to go home. This has been the case in most schools all over the world. Seating arrangements organize the classroom to supposedly make the learning process comfortable for the students as they listen to teachers and write on their desks throughout the day. However, a recent in-class experiment about sitting has shown that it is possible to change this traditional way of learning.  Stand-up desks can be used inside the classroom to alleviate the negative effects of too much sitting. It can also facilitate the learning process inside the classroom.

Stand-up desks are desks that are used while standing. The legs of these desks are longer than usual. Some desks are designed to have collapsible legs. As such, the user might opt to use it while standing or while sitting whenever he or she wants to.

How stand-up desks work

In an experiment in Donview Middle School, Canada, students have reported that they felt better both physical and mentally after using the stand-up desk. It was not a hindrance in concentrating while the class was going on.

The only problem, however, was the organizational set-up of the room. Schools and classrooms that want to try this would probably find it difficult to figure out where to put the standing desks without messing up the space. Some students may have trouble seeing the notes on the board and the teacher in front. The solution to this is to rearrange the desks near the windowsills or near the walls to give way to those who do not want to stand. Additionally, there may be students who prefer to work sitting down. Therefore, the use of standing desks should be optional. This way, anyone who finds working on one cumbersome can comfortably sit and learn.

Is it time to give stand-up desks a try?

Standing while learning can do well for the student’s well-being and learning. It is not too common nowadays to see a class, in which the students are standing, but this might be the time to break away from the unhealthy habit of sitting for very long periods of time. Stand-up desks are not too common in the market, as well. Administrators might find it taxing to fund new desks for the students, but a little insistence can go a long way. In the meantime, Donview Middle School is committed to creating solutions to these challenges.

Maria Dublin
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Maria is a writer, an editor, and a law student. She plays for the Philippine national touch football team, and does a lot of travelling during the holidays.